The Grey Lady published an a map astonishing for its beauty and detail this week: Mapping the Shadows of New York City: Every Building, Every Block.
“Sunlight and shadow shape the character and rhythm of New York’s public spaces,” authors Quoctrung Bui and Jeremy White write. “They have the power to control the flow of foot traffic on our city streets and decide which plazas hum with activity and commerce and which stay barren and desolate. And probably most noticeably, they have the power to change the rent. In most parts of America, sunlight is not debated the way it is in New York, where the city’s thirst for living space, working space and economic growth has turned the sun into a virtual commodity.”
A couple points of interest include the shadow’s patterns at the Grand Army Plaza and the surprising amount of space in Downtown Brooklyn that is 100% in shadow throughout the winter.